The Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture (Facebook | Website) is celebrating 20 years this February.

The building was once a hotel, that was constructed in 1926 by Dr. William Monroe Wells, one of the first Black physicians in Orlando, and provided lodging to African Americans and people of color during Segregation when they were not allowed to stay in other areas of town. The hotel was visited by famous guests like Ella Fitzgerald, Jackie Robinson, and Count Basie, and is part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The museum, which opened in Parramore in February 2001, will be celebrating throughout the year with a new “Wells’Built Wednesdays” initiative featuring speakers from the Association to Preserve African American Society, History, and Tradition, Inc. Each Wednesday, the museum will be asking trivia questions online and giving out special prizes that you can pick up in-person at their downtown location.

The Wells’Built Museum is located at 511 W. South Street [GMap] behind the Amway Center.

Brendan O'Connor

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